How We Help Stamford Animal Care & Control
Formed in response to the public's desire to make qualifying tax-deductible contributions to help shelter animals, OPIN was co-founded by shelter volunteers and is an all-volunteer, registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It is dedicated to meeting the special needs of the animals of Stamford Animal Care and Control. Funding is used for care not provided by the City of Stamford: preventive health care and extraordinary medical needs; supplies and public education; and training and evaluation of the shelter dogs in order to make them more adoptable canine citizens.
OPIN also will act as an advocate to bring about awareness of the need for a new, state-of-the-art and more inviting Animal Shelter and Humane Education Center. It will focus its efforts on fund-raising and gaining community support.
On March 1, 2007, OPIN held its organization meeting with Shelter Manager Laurie Hollywood, and a working partnership was formed. OPIN recognizes Laurie’s success, commitment to public safety and compassion toward the well-being of the shelter’s homeless animals, and supports the no-kill philosophy for which the shelter has become recognized.
OPIN spends approximately $5,000 per month to help the Shelter with special medical care, supplies (leashes, collars, microchips), dog training at the Shelter, post-adoption dog training at home, advertising, evaluations, subsidies for pit bull spaying/neutering (SNIP) -- all the wonderful care and programs Shelter Manager Laurie Hollywood would like to provide for the animals.
It is shocking how little the City of Stamford budgets for animal care. The Kennel Maintainer position has been completely cut out of the budget for the past several years. Recent budgets have given Laurie an average of approximately $364 per week to care for the dogs per year. That expense is to cover dog food, rabies vaccinations and some minor medical care, but not any special care such as dentals, special surgeries, chemotherapy or the like for the 30 or so dogs the Shelter holds at any given time.
Cat care (food and litter) is never allowed into the city budget, nor are rabbit, bird, hamster, duck and/or any other non-dog items. For that reason, the Shelter is most grateful to the kind donors who seem to come through with animal care products and supplies such as bleach, paper towels, dish detergent, etc. Receipt of any of the items found on our wish list helps prevent Laurie from going over the city budget, and allows OPIN to continue to provide other services, such as special medical care, that our Shelter, and most other municipal shelters, just can't afford. When we are able to provide this care, it means keeping animals alive, healthy, and ready to start their new lives.
Once again, it will be a tough year for the Shelter, and OPIN will be there to help. Every donation of food or supplies, every fundraising effort, no matter how small, adds up.